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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to the absolute prohibition of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.

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",,, there is something fatal about a portrait. It has a life of its own." 14. April 2014
Von doc peterson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have long been a fan of Wilde's plays, but have only just gotten around to reading his only novel. As with so much written by Wilde, _The Picture of Dorian Grey_ is eminently quotable, as Grey juxtaposes the life of an aesthete with those of "proper" Victorian values. As Wilde puts it, "Ity is a sad thing ... that Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves." And so Dorian Grey sells his soul to remain forever young and beautiful, his vices and immoral behavior etched on his portrait rather than his face.

I can understand why those giving the book negative reviews were not fond of the language - Wilde writes in a style and at a pace different from the contemporary; given time and patience, though, readers are rewarded not only by a compelling story (as my former company first seargent once put it: "in your twenties you get the face genetics gave you. By your thirties you have the face of the life you lived"), but also the biting and razor-wit of one of the greats. To cite Wilde again, "I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good character, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." Sage advice from a master playwrite.

_The Picture of Dorian Grey_ is a modern-day morality tale, and a brief, wonderful read. If you struggle with the prose, I urge patience - you will be richly rewarded for it. Highly recommended.
A true classic 25. August 2014
Von B. Wood - Veröffentlicht auf
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"If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that--for that--I would give everything!"

Oh, this book. Everything about this book: the prose, the plot, the characters, the underlying themes.. It all came together to create a brilliant novel. This was actually the first Oscar Wilde novel that I've read, but it will definitely not be the last.

The setting is late Victorian England, and the artist, Basil Hallward has painted a masterpiece of Dorian Gray, a young man that is the model of perfection. Hallward's close, and questionably immoral friend, Lord Henry Wotton, takes an interest in Dorian, and proceeds to corrupt his young and vibrant soul. Dorian, upon seeing Hallward's finished work, proclaims that he wants to keep the eternal youth of the portrait and wishes that the painting itself would grow old in his place. The saying, "Be careful what you wish for," takes on a very real meaning.

There really is too much to say about this book, and since my favorite parts would give away everything to anyone who has never read this book, I will say this: The Picture of Dorian Gray will be one that sticks with me for a long time. This story hits close to home on so many of levels, and the humor in the story is perfectly balanced with the serious undertones of the message implied. It really is its own work of art. A must read for anyone, in my opinion.
Worth the Read 31. Oktober 2014
Von Michael Cahill - Veröffentlicht auf
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After reading The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, I really was able to understand the way Wilde is able to portray things in his writings. Before reading one of his novels, I had asked someone who has read other literary works by Wild and they had said that he is able to include so much detail into these long elaborate sentences. After reading this novel I could relate to the controversial issue that was presented during the time of Wilde’s publishing. In this novel he included homosexual relationship, which during the Victorian era was considered highly contentious. Within the first few chapters I was easily hooked. This was probably because of Wilde’s intricate sentences. Dorian Grey’s character is intriguing and complex. His character is one who is glowing, handsome, and striking. He is mesmerized not only by the females, but also the males. Dorian would give up anything to stay young and beautiful forever. He is filled with abhorrence at the intention of becoming old and no longer having the youthfulness that he is known for. Though throughout the novel Dorian is faced with lies, sex, and untimely towards the end of the novel murder. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys gothic fiction that challenges the norms during the year that it was published.
easy read edition so bad, not a scent of classic. few words barely shown in old english... 14. November 2014
Von Daniel - Veröffentlicht auf
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I like the story-line and the subject, but i carefully cast a doubt on every phrases and sentenses on the book for being easy to be understood. I doubt the fact that this book is kinda far from the very edition published through oscar's examination, because, unlike other classics, this is so easy to read. comparing the fact i had to so much time on gatsby, this is just a piece of cake or something. Not that i've been intellectually improved because i still get confused while reading other classics.
p.s. my colleague recommended and i bought the wrong one
Great story -- poor quality edition. 9. September 2014
Von L. Morgan - Veröffentlicht auf
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While the story is a great classic, this particular edition is printed in a form that makes reading it quite awkward. The pages measure 8 1/2 x 11. This large size, plus the soft cover, causes the book to flop a lot and to be impossible to hold steady with only one hand. The lines of type are unusually long and make visual scanning difficult. Also, the pages are not numbered so it's hard to reference anything to another reader.
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